Traditional Music Tour of Gnawa

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Gnawa Group
Gnawa Group
Traditional Music Tour of Gnawa - Picture 3
Gnawa Group
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What To Expect

Discover the beautiful music created by the Afro-Moroccan group, Gnawa. Listen to the Gnawa masters as they play their traditional music.


  • Hear the traditional music of the Gnawa musical group

  • Learn the basics of the Gnawa dance from a kuyu

  • Get to know the makings of a guembri instrument from a Gnawa master


Tours around Essaouira
Departs From:
Meeting Point:
Below Clock Tower, L'Moganna, Morocco, Africa
2.5 to 3 hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 PM
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Head out to Essaouira for an incredible musical experience from the Gnawa Afro-Morrocan group. This tour will be initiated with meetups at the designated meeting point for the trip.

First on the itinerary is a visit to the azaouia, the Gnawa people's temple where they are known to perform their traditional lila rituals. These rituals are specifically performed to treat scorpion stings, treat psychological illnesses, and remove evil spirits. Lilas usually last all night long until sunrise.

Next, be welcomed into the home of a kuyu or a Gnawa dancer. During your visit of his home, you will be able to enjoy a cup of tea and watch him perform certain moves during a Gnawa dance. The kuyu will also explain details of their clothing.

Another great visit during this tour is at the private quarters of a maalem or a Gnawa master. The maalem will teach you how to make the guembri, the lute-like instrument which is used mainly in Gnawa music. This is a great opportunity for a visit to their private spaces since not all tourists are granted access to them.

This tour will end with a listening experience of the Gnawa music at a local music spot and your tour guide will suggest spots for enjoying dinner.


  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Glass of local wine (until 31 December 2015)

  • Tea (starting 1 January 2016)

  • Gnawa performances


  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children 6 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure.

  • Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

  • Modest attire is encouraged. Coverage of the shoulders to the knees is recommended for both men and women.

  • Wear comfortable shoes as this walking tour will take you to some uneven terrain.

  • Evenings can be cool so a warm layer is advisable. An umbrella, rain jacket and close-toed shoes may be necessary in January and February.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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